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Zearing Child Enrichment Center Staff




ZCEC Board of Directors

LouAnn Birkey
LouAnn Birkey
Heartland Bank & Trust

Julia Cain
Julia Cain
Flowers By Julia

Brian Church
Brian Church
Princeton High School (Retired)
Member Since

Susan Fandel
Susan Fandel
MTM Recognition
Member since 2007

Brian Gift
Brian Gift
City of Princeton

Scott Hartman
Scott Hartman
Perry Memorial Hospital
Member since 2002

Melissa Jesse
Melissa Jesse
Perry Memorial Hospital

Mike Judge
Mike Judge
Precision Auto Wash

Tom Tester
Tom Tester
MTM Recognition
Member since 1985

Our Administrative Team


Nicole SampsonNicole Sampson, Assistant Director
nicolesampson@mtco.com

Nicole Sampson has been employed at ZCEC since August 2000. She began her teaching career in the center's Infant room and then moved to the Toddler room until moving to her current position as Assistant Director.

She received an Associate in Arts Degree from Illinois Valley Community College in 1999. Nicole's goals are to meet each child's individual needs in support of their overall development; as well as to develop a close, loving and caring relationship with each child. She carries this same philosophy into her current position with the focus on the families and hopes to build a stronger relationship with each one.



Lisa VincentLisa Vincent, Business Manager
lisav@mtco.com

Lisa Vincent is a graduate of Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, SD and has been the Business Manager of Zearing Child Enrichment Center since 1997. Lisa is married to Gene, Pastor at Ohio First Lutheran, and they have two children; a daughter, Kiersten, a ZCEC alumni and former teacher, and a married son Derek, daughter in-law, Kim and two granddaughters; Sofia and Amelia. Lisa is a member of Beta Sigma Phi, is on the Board of Director's for Living Works and volunteers at the Prairie Arts Center. She enjoys traveling and flower gardening.





Our Teaching Team


Tiffany MusscheTiffany Mussche

Tiffany Mussche is one of our Preschool Teachers and has worked with ZCEC since 2008. She is attending Kendall College to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and holds an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Saul Valley Community College. Tiffany enjoys planning and doing outside activities with the children, and believes in the importance of cognitive-physical activities for a child's overall development. She also loves seeing each child's smile as they have learned something new or are playing what they love to play.



Patty WoolleyPatty Woolley

Patty began teaching in early childhood in 1984. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childcare Education. Patty feels fortunate to have a rewarding profession that allows her to see so many smiles each day as children development into their own and make so many strides as they grow along the way... Patty finds much reward in teaching young children knowing as teachers you can make a positive difference in a child's life.



Sarah YeazelSarah Yeazel

Sarah joined the ZCEC team in 2012 and has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC). Sarah has been working with children since graduating from college; as a preschool and a toddler/two teacher. She enjoys being involved and partnering with the center families; as they work together in support of their child's development as they make their way through ZCEC in support of school readiness.



Cheryl YoungCheryl Young

Cheryl Young resides in Granville with her family. Cheryl has an Associate's Degree, Cum Laude from IVCC. With over 20 years experience work with children; from The Kid's Place in LaSalle, the Princeton School District as a Special Education Aide, to the Learning Ladder, which subsequently merged with ZCEC, Cheryl brings experience and life-long love of learning in working with the children an everyone here at Zearing Child Enrichment Center.


Lauren Eckberg

Lauren Eckberg has been with Zearing Child Enrichment Center since May 2013. Prior to her working at ZCEC she worked at Learning Ladder Early Childhood Center and has worked in the childhood field since August of 2008. Lauren has her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and continues with training that help her stay current in the Early Childhood Education.


Emily Webster

Emily Webster is 26 years young, and has lived in the town of Princeton all of her life. She is going for her Associate at IVCC for Early Childhood Education. She is currently working in our Two's classroom with Miss Chery, and she loves it! Working with children has always been a passion and a dream of Emily's and she loves being able to teacher and inspire others every day.



Janelle BartonJanelle Barton

Janelle Barton is an assistant teacher in the three's classroom and has been with Zearing Child Enrichment Center since 2001. She attended Sauk Valley Community College and had 21 years of child care experience prior to coming to ZCEC. Janelle continues to keep current in Early Childhood Education by maintaining 15+hours of in-service training each year.




Our Support Team

Deborah RowlandDeborah Rowland, Cook Assistant/House Keeping

Deborah Rowland has been at ZCEC since 2009.

Deborah works in the kitchen as a kitchen assistant and part time cook. When needed, Deborah also assists teachers in the classrooms. In past years; Deborah has worked as a teacher's assistant, chiropractic assistant and involved in missions work.